Poet Rupert McCall and event organiser Donna Page.
Poet Rupert McCall and event organiser Donna Page.

Poetic words help ease heartache

THE feelings of many flood-affected Queenslanders were summed up by Rupert McCall in a single sentence at the weekend: “I sat and stared in helpless wonder, but pride itself did not go under”.

On Saturday, the renowned poet took to the Warwick Town Hall stage with other performers to help raise money for flood-affected residents on the Southern Downs.

The brains behind the event, Donna Page, said the idea came to her when the second wave of floods prevented her from attending a conference.

“I had planned to travel to Canberra for this big event, and I couldn’t go because of the floods,” she said.

“I believe things happen for a reason, and I believe me not going to the conference was so I could do this.”

As events manager for the Moonfire Entertainment and Events company, Mrs Page was well suited to organising a benefit concert.

“I can organise something like anybody’s business,” she said.

“I just made a few phone calls and put together the concert. I was so glad to have Rupert McCall come, who really is Australia’s most inspirational speaker.”

On stage, Mr McCall’s profound words in The Ballad of Pride moved the audience, with one person later commenting she had to fight back tears, twice.

Speaking after his performance, Mr McCall said all Queenslanders had shown amazing spirit after the flood ordeal.

“No matter how bad the flood, the quality and true colours of Queenslanders will rise to the top,” he said.

“The harder the fight, the harder we fight against it.”

All concert proceeds go to the Mayoral Flood Appeal.


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